We are very pleased to once again offer a Scholarship to send one young birder to attend the event in 2018. This annual Young Birders Weekend Event brings teenagers together with a passion for birds and who are interested in pursuing a career in ornithology.
The participants will meet people who have careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and computer scientists. Please fill out the application form and tell us a bit about yourself and your birding experience and how attending this event may help you choose your future path in ornithology. We all select and sponsor one UK young birder to attend.
The Young Birder’s Event will feature:
This trip is sponsored by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and will cover flights, transfers, the whole event which includes meals, accommodation, all transportation during the weekend . Some personal spending money is all you will need.
Max Hellicar attended the event in July 2017. This event is a life changer for any young birder and this is what Max had to say: "The Cornell Young Birders' Event 2017 was absolutely amazing. It was a privilege to learn so much from those at the top of the profession which I hope to go into. I learnt a lot about the scientific ornithological sectors as well as learning about the identification of species which were previously unfamiliar to me. The overwhelming sense of encouragement and willingness to share information on any subject from everyone at Cornell is very impressive and it was a great boost to my determination to have the privilege of visiting this early on in my career."
Scroll down to see a slideshow of some of Max's photos from the event.
We selected Amy Hall to attend the event in 2016 and she had this to say: "Being chosen for this trip meant a lot to me - I was massively supported by the Cameron Bespolka Trust and the BTO before I left.”
Amy Hall, wrote an in-depth report of her event. It is clear to see what an impression this trip has made on her. Click here to read her report
Please also check out Amy's blog for her monthly updates on all sorts of interesting nature related topics.